Heart of the Grass Tree
When Pearl’s grandmother Nell dies unexpectedly, Pearl and her family – mother Diana, sister Lucy – return to Kangaroo Island to mourn and farewell her. Each of them knew Nell intimately but differently, and each woman must reckon with Nell’s passing in her own way. But Nell had secrets, too.
As Pearl, Diana and Lucy interrogate their feelings about the island, Pearl starts to pull together the scraps Nell left behind and unearths a connection to the island’s early history, of the early European sealers and their first contact with the Ngarrindjeri people.
Pearl’s deepening connection to their history, the island’s history, grounds her, and will ultimately bring the women back to each other.
Dr Molly Murn (MCreatArts ’14) is a South Australian poet and author. She holds a Bachelor of Dance, a Master of Creative Arts, and has a PhD in Creative Writing from Flinders University. Molly is also the manager of Matilda Bookshop in the Adelaide Hills. Her debut novel, Heart of the Grass Tree, was shortlisted for the Debut Fiction Indie Book Awards 2020, and the MUD literary Prize for best new fiction. Molly’s poetry has appeared in various places, such as Overland, Transnational Literature and Social Alternatives.